Public Programme July-Sept 2022

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Preview Tour
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
5pm, Tuesday 12 July

Join artists Kathy Barry and Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, curator Christina Barton and gallerist Anna Miles for a preview tour of Energy Work and Delirium Crossing.

Joy Field Immersion
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
12pm-5pm, Fridays
No booking required

Visitors are invited to bring along a yoga mat, or use one of the mats provided, to spend time with the silent vibrations of Sarah Smuts-Kennedy’s Pieces on Earth in Energy Work: Kathy Barry/Sarah Smuts-Kennedy. Whether taking a nap or lying down in quiet contemplation, Joy Field Immersion is a time and space for people to linger within the healing field generated by the installation. We have set aside an afternoon each week so that you can let the “joy field” act on your own wellbeing.

Reading Environments
Group discussion
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
4.30pm – 6.30pm, Tuesday 26 July & 30 August

Reading Environments is a small gesture in reading together. Hosted by Associate Professor Su Ballard (Art History), Dr Bonnie Etherington, and Dr Adam Grener (English Literatures and Creative Communication) Reading Environments is a collaborative foray into the world of reading across environments, literatures and the arts. The aim is to bring together academics, students and interested members of the public to delve into and discuss current work in the Environmental Humanities as we consider how to navigate our changing environmental contexts. Spaces are limited, and there are readings to prepare. To find out more, please visit To register your interest email

Healing Work
Tuesdays during August, bookings essential

Alongside her work as an artist Kathy Barry operates a reiki/energy healing practice as a Master Reiki Practitioner. She has kindly agreed to conduct individual energy work sessions on Tuesdays during the month of August. To book a session please email

Writing about Painting
Panel discussion
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
6pm, Wednesday 17 August

Join Christina Barton and Anna Miles, editors of the Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing publication, and writers Susan Ballard, Lachlan Taylor, and Hanahiva Rose who will discuss their approaches to writing on Tuck’s work.

Sound performance curated by Dugal McKinnon
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
6pm–8pm, Friday 26 August

Sonic artist and Associate Professor at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Dugal McKinnon has curated an evening of sound in Energy Work. Drop in to hear the spaces and art works activated or stay and enjoy the full evening. Drinks can be purchased.

Reflecting on Practice
Day workshop
HU220, Level 2 Hunter Building, Te Herenga Waka—
Victoria University of Wellington
10am–4.30pm, Saturday 3 September

This workshop is a special opportunity for practitioners in various disciplines to seek and share knowledge. The day is designed to draw out the wider ramifications and alternative histories that encircle Energy Work: Kathy Barry/Sarah Smuts-Kennedy. This event is co-produced with Whiti o Rehua School of Art Massey University and should be of particular interest to those wishing to understand the roles of belief and intuition in making and thinking about art. It is the first event in a research project led by Massey University Senior Lecturer Marcus Moore. Email to register your interest intaking part in this day.

Being with the Seed
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
10am–1pm, Sunday 4 September

Sarah Smuts-Kennedy is a biodynamic gardener who has built a garden that flourishes on the land where she has built her studio and which provides her with organic produce all year round. To mark the start of Spring, she has kindly agreed to introduce the principles of her gardening practice in a half-day workshop. Places are limited, to register your interest in attending please email